“You brought life to this place tonight!”
Guten Tag Friends and Family! Today was another packed day! It’s been 3 days since we have all landed in Berlin and jet lag is finally wearing off! We had a very productive practice in preparation for our scrimmage this coming Wednesday, and it felt like we began to mesh as a team! Later in the day we headed off to a refugee centre in north Berlin. This centre houses displaced families from all over Eastern Europe and Western Asia. We got to spend the evening ministering to this community using the way that we know best; Basketball! We were challenged by our leaders to talk to the kids and their families, explaining why we were there and to share a little bit about who Jesus is, as well as what he means to us. Within minutes of getting there, a 5-on-5 half-court basketball game was organized with the AIA team facing some of the men at the refugee centre. I quickly learned that the language barrier was larger then I anticipated. Using the shared language of basketball we showed them Christ’s love through our actions both on and off the court. I then got the chance to spend some time with younger kids at the center, playing patty-cake and giving piggy backs. It was so amazing seeing the joy in the kid’s faces playing such simple games with people that don’t even speak our language! It was so humbling to
spend the evening with people that have nothing, yet are so happy to play basketball or play patty-cakes. After all the fun and games, I took some time to myself to pray for the refugee center. My prayer was that God would shows himself to these people and give them hope through the love that we just showed them, even in this short amount of time. Just before leaving the center, a Syrian refugee and good basketball player told one of our leaders: ”You brought life to this place tonight”. Normally in the evening, the outside area is empty, but tonight it was filled with young kids laughing and playing, parents watching and smiling at their kids’ joy and basketball being used as our language of communication. Even if the words that were spoken tonight were not clearly understood, God’s love was so evident through us tonight at the refugee center. Thanks for all your support and prayers! Kenzie Tschuss PS. The final pieces of luggage that were missing finally came in on Monday night! Thank you for your prayers about this!